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4 Credits
Available fall, winter terms


ME 316; ME 317; ME 331;
E 373 or equivalent

Roberto Albertani
412 Rogers

Course Description

This course provides students with the fundamentals of mechanical engineering applications to aerospace. Topics covered include an overview of modern aircraft and spacecraft analysis, with an emphasis on performance, stability, structures, materials, FAA and FAR standards and current professional practices in the conceptual design of aerospace vehicles. Student projects will integrate course topics.


  • Historical perspective of aeronautical and aerospace technologies
  • Applied aerodynamics: Wing lift and drag; Vehicle drag prediction
  • Aircraft static stability and control
  • Propulsion: types of engines and propellers
  • Aerospace structures and Materials
  • Airplane performance
  • Aircraft regulations and design processes
  • Unmanned air vehicles (UAV) concepts
  • Helicopters general concepts

Learning Outcomes

The student, upon successful completion of this course, will be able to:

  1. Formulate the equations that describe the performance, flight mechanics and stability of an aerospace vehicle
  2. Apply knowledge of mechanics of solids and material selection in the design of aerospace structures
  3. Specify performance characteristics to meet specific mission requirements and estimate vehicle performance
  4. 4- Formulate a conceptual design of an aerospace vehicle that meets current aerospace industry standards and regulations